Since the Spring 2001, Dominique Decoster, previously the owner of Porcelaines Haviland in Limoges, has been working full-time alongside with his wife Florence, his son Ludovic and his daughter-in-law Caroline, managing Château Fleur Cardinale.
The estate is located east of the village of Saint-Emilio, in the middle of the limestone-clay plateau. The 23.5-hectare vineyard is on one of the highest points of the growing area, with vines which are on average 35 years old.
The growing methods used at Chateau Fleur Cardinale are traditional, and the thinning of the crops and leaves is done without using any chemicals. Fertilization is carried out only where and when needed, and only organically-certified fertilizer products are used. After the first sorting of the fruit on the vine, the bunches are placed into small crates so as to avoid the oxygenation of the grape must.
After that, the bunches are brought to the cellar, and before de-stemming they are manually sorted on a sorting table. The berries are then sorted according to density on a recently acquired Tribaie automatic sorting table, before a final manual sorting to make sure only the best quality grapes are selected.
The cellar was built in 2002 using environmentally-friendly materials. There are 25 small, round stainless steel temperature-controlled vats in the fermentation cellar, enabling individual plot-by-plot vinification. The wine is then aged in new French oak barrels, sourced from the best cooperages, in a barrel cellar which was built using neutral materials that ensure the most hygienic storage conditions.
Chateau Fleur Cardinale since 2013 has been member of the first association of the Environmental Management System (S.M.E.) for the Wines of Bordeaux, certified ISO 14 001. It helps us to exercise care at each stage of the production process in order to reduce our impact on the environment.